2023 : APC, Adamu Moves To Prevent 18 Senators From Defecting

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) moved quickly yesterday to avert mass defection of APC Senators numbering 18, 9news Nigeria has learned.

Eighteen more senators elected on the party platform are expected to join opposition political parties.

APC National Chairman, Adamu
APC National Chairman, Adamu

If this occurs, the APC will lose its majority status.

The party has already lost seven senators to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) (NNPP).

Senators Yahaya Abdullahi, Adamu Aliero, Ahmad Baba-Kaital, Haliru Jika, Francis Alimikhena, Ibrahim Shekarau, and Lawal Yahaya Gumau are among those who have defected.

To prevent further defections, National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu led Deputy National Chairman Abubakar Kyari and National Secretary Iyiola Omisore, both former senators, to a two-hour meeting with the APC caucus in the Senate yesterday.

Adamu pleaded with the senators, many of whom are unhappy with the results of the primaries, to reconsider and allow the party to address their concerns.

Some governors were reportedly persuading senators to abandon their planned defection.

The APC has 62 senators, the PDP has 39, the NNPP has three, the Young Progressives Party (YPP) has two, the Labour Party (LP) has one, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance has one.

Senators Adamu and Kyari, who both resigned after being elected to party positions, have not been replaced.

It was gathered that the affected senators, some of who lost return tickets, have got juicy offers from the PDP.

Sources at the session between party leaders and the APC senate caucus said the senators highlighted their grievances as follows:

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*Alteration of delegates lists by governors.

*Conduct of primaries in defiance of APC and INEC guidelines.

*Hijack of party primaries by APC governors.

*Non-return of experienced, hardworking and committed Senators.

*Party’s disrespect for a gentleman agreement with the Senate and House of Representatives caucuses to concede slots to Senators with robust experience.

*Preference for moneybags and defectors.

A source at the meeting said: “The Senators were led to the session by President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan.

“The discussion bordered on the increasing depletion of the APC Senate Caucus and plans by 18 more Senators to defect to opposition parties, especially the PDP.

“The party leadership was not comfortable that APC might end up losing its majority.

“The way we are going, the coalition of opposition parties may end up controlling the leadership of the Senate.

“We have 18 Senators on standby to move to other parties to prove a point during the 2023 general election.”

Another senator, who spoke in confidence, said: “It was apparent to APC national chairman that senators were not happy and they were not ready to change their minds.

“In fact, the party leadership went on to consider options to assuage the aggrieved senators with offers including substituting some already elected senatorial candidates, among others.”

Lawan said it was “not in the interest of APC to lose its quality lawmakers in the National Assembly”.

He begged the APC senators to allow the party to look into their complaints.

The APC national chairman said he was not in the office when delegates were elected.

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But he assured that the party would “look at immediate and long term solutions to the issues raised by the Senators, including some defective primaries”.

He reminded the senators that the tickets for elective offices belong to the party.

Another senator added: “Some governors are already inviting Senators for talks on the way out of the challenges at hand.”

Adamu described the defection of senators as both unfortunate and worrisome.

He told reporters that the meeting with the senators was fruitful.

Adamu said: “It is an unfortunate development when it happens but this is a season for all manner of behaviour in the political space in the country and Nigeria is not an exception.

“In every election year, this kind of thing gives cause for stakeholders to sneeze and Nigeria is not an exception. So is the APC.

“I don’t care about what is happening in other parties, my focus is on the APC.

“But we all know that the occurrence is not only happening in the APC; it’s happening across other political parties too. And because we are the ruling party, our problems are exaggerated before the public.

“There is no responsible leader that would not be worried when he loses one member not to talk of two. At the moment we are faced with the stark reality of our problems.

“My colleagues and I at the National Working Committee of the APC are committed to facing the problem squarely. We see the problem as solvable.

“We are in politics. I don’t know what would happen tomorrow, and nobody does.”

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On how to stem injustice against the defectors, Adamu said: “You have no guarantee. We are in politics for God’s sake.

“I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. How can I foresee tomorrow? I am not the person who saw tomorrow.”

9news Nigeria

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